Last weekend Auburn hosted many visitors with the annual Gas Powered Tractor Pull and Show, as well as the 400 mile yard sale.
Several local people, especially on Main St. had large set-ups on their front lawns. Bill Woodward, former Auburn resident, came in from Arkansas with truck loads of most interesting items and displayed them at the home of his brother Leon on West Main St. It was quite a spread. Brother Leon and wife Marian had a set-up as well, including some of Leon’s handmade walking canes. Was great meeting these brothers and visiting a while. That’s part of the pleasures of yard sales, making new acquaintances. Must admit I’m not as much of a shopper as I once was, but I did get my nostalgia fix.
This was my first tractor pull and I don’t understand all the rules for the different weight categories, miles per hour restrictions, etc., but the first time I saw a tractor “pop a wheelie” it took my breath away. Being from a farm community, I recognized many of the participants, like the Olivers, International Harvester, Allis Chambler, John Deere (there was even a purple one), but it was my first time to see a hot rod tractor with pink trim no less.
This is a great family event both in spectators and the participants, boys and girls, men and women. I didn’t catch her name but there was one woman who could flat drive a tractor and knew how to work her way down the long track. I was impressed.
The Crawford/Adams wedding at Pierce Memorial Methodist church on Saturday brought in several out-of-town guests. The Adams family was from Kansas. The brides maids were from Washington State, Nashville, Tenn., and Bardstown.
Darrell and Anne Crawford, parents of the bride welcomed the girls to there home. The grooms family was housed at Federal Grove, where the reception followed the wedding.
Kapreshia Powell, daughter of Greg and LeAnn Powell was taken ill while on a My Life Speaks mission trip to Haiti. She contracted a wide spread mosquito virus. With this virus, one runs a very high fever and has flu like symptoms. As of this writing Kapreshia is improving. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Powells and grandparents Johnnie and Lavelle Meguiar.
Enjoyed reading Donna Blake’s column last week regarding the former KY/TN league baseball team from Adairville. My brother William Rhea Moody was a member of that team in the 50’s. He played center field and batted “cleanup” in the lineup.
Clyde Lee and John (Jr.) Hesson coached little league teams in Adairville for many years after the league disbanded. As mentors, they touched many young lives and should be honored for their work. It should also be noted that Genevieve Savage started the first organized Little League program in Adairville.
You might like some follow up on the teams from the area and well known local players. Lefty, Clyde N. Sanders pitched for Olmstead. Jake Martin also pitched, Billy Martin was catcher and the four Hines brothers, Morris D, Paul, Hogan and Billy played for Olmstead. Shine Richardson was a well known player in the area.
Allensville club when they joined the league had Emmett Walton as manager and pitcher. Bailey Perry also pitched for Allensville at one time. Other players, Homer, Al, and C.C. Chapman,Jr., Jimmy Mallory, Charles Breakfield, Edgar B. Lawrence, Billy Penick, Nat Penick, Clyde Page and Harold Hunter. In 1953, Billy Penick became the manager of the team consisting of the above named players and the afore mentioned Hines brothers (Olmstead). Frank Hines was an umpire in the league.
Struck out trying to find out about baseball in Auburn, so will let it rest for now. But I haven’t given up.
The bear has not been captured, and is on the endangered species list. It is illegal to shoot or kill them. Keep you garbage well covered and do not attempt to feed or provide food for the bear. If spotted, report to the Sheriff’s department, with location of the bear and the direction in which he is traveling. They will contact the Game Warden or Wild Life Management.
In the meantime, have a blessed day.